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The Princess and the Goblin (1872)

by George MacDonald

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Series: Princess and the Goblin (1)

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A little princess is protected by her friend Curdie from the goblin miners who live beneath the castle.
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    The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver (Inky_Fingers)
    Inky_Fingers: There might be more than a hundred years separating these two books, but I kept thinking of The Princess and the Goblin as I was reading The Spindlers. There is a bit of plot similarity with both girls lost in a magical underground world, but there are also similarities in the beauty of the language and in taking abstract concepts like dreams and giving them solid form.… (more)
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George MacDonald was greatly admired by C.S. Lewis. His children's fiction shares with Lewis's the quality of having strong (sometimes overly strong) religious metaphors. Fortunately, that was not the case in The Princess and The Goblin. Although there are elements that could be interpreted as religious metaphors, the story is, for the most part, a charming and entertaining fairy tail. What is more present are charming little moral comments; the story is written as if it is being read to children, so there are often bits along the lines of "and the Princess felt bad that she could not keep her promise, because true princesses cannot live with a broken promise". The Princess and the Golbin was a cute, entertaining story. ( )
  eri_kars | Jul 10, 2022 |
The Princess and the Goblin is a classic fantasy tale for children that influenced JRR Tolkien. Read my review here.


#GeorgeMacDonald #goblins #fiction #fantasy #JohnCAdamsReviews #JohnCAdams #WayBackWhensday #book #books #bookreview #bookreviews ( )
  johncadamssf | Jun 26, 2022 |
Stories like these are my weakness, I’ll admit. Beautifully written, full of adventure and interesting characters, and a little lesson on the side.
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  Annrosenzweig | Oct 15, 2021 |
The plot itself was something I really enjoyed - a really cute story. What totally dragged this book down for me, though, was the narration. The way it was told was somewhat disjointed and got on my nerves when he would reference something and then say "but I'll get to that later" or "that really doesn't matter." It was like when a friend says they know something juicy and then they refuse to tell. So that unfortunately leaves me with some sour feelings about the book. If you can get past that, though, it is actually fairly decent. ( )
  crtsjffrsn | Aug 27, 2021 |
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MacDonald, Georgeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aiken, JoanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Andronic, MadalinaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Álvarez de Toledo, PabloIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
DuPrau, JeanneIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Folkard, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Folkard, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goble, WarwickIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guin, Ursula K. LeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hughes, ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Joyce, PeterNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kramer, DaveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewis, NaomiIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martín Gaite, CarmenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Norton, AndreAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parry, AlanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Jessie WillcoxIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Joseph A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tatar, MariaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomas, LlewellynIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There was once a little princess whose father was king over a great country full of mountains and valleys.
Introduction: A story about goblins is bound to be strange.
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